Afternoon Encounter ~ Bella Coola Grizzly

Afternoon Encounter ~
5″ x 7″ oil on 1/8″ hardboard panel
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A memory of an afternoon swimming with my family at the Atnarko river. The water is this rich green colour, from the algae that on the bottom, but also from the reflections of the lush greenery all around. Bears are abundant in our beautiful valley, and encounters like this are not at all uncommon. Generally the bears are shy and go their own way, but we did have a poor hitchhiker get attacked this summer! He was near a salmon bearing creek, and it is assumed it was a momma with cubs on the other side of the road. 

The Boy–My Little Couch Potato

My Little Couch Potato — for the Sketchbook Project

Here’s Jacob…I know…my kids again, but there’s a reason I picked Boys and Girls for my Sketchbook Project title…I have one of each, so I figured there would be lots of inspiration to “draw” from:) 
My son is not the typical 7 year old. He loves math, won’t sign out anything but science and craft books from the library, and he loves reality T.V. No cartoons for him, except the movie kind. Ever since he was about 3, his favorite shows have been the extreme sports channel, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and the National Geographic Channel. Today he was watching Austin Stevens Adventures in the Great Bear Rain Forest…where we live. We see grizzlies all the time. Before the flood, there were days where we were almost late for the bus in the morning, because we had to wait for the bear to leave before we could.